Maria Saldaña is the Directing Coordinator for The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Suitland High School. At CVPA, she recruits, develops enriching programs for and connects students to post secondary opportunities in the visual, performing and media arts. Ms. Saldaña holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Arts Education from the University of Maryland at College Park. She also earned an MS Ed. in Arts Supervision from the Bankstreet College of Education in New York City. A resident of Prince George’s County, Ms. Saldaña began her tenure as an educator in the county in 1996, first as a secondary art teacher at Northwestern High School, and then eventually as Dean of The Jim Henson School of Arts and Media, also at Northwestern H.S. As Nationally Board Certified educator in the arts, she has presented at various national and local conferences and directed countless workshops on the subjects of arts, technology, and instructional best practices. Artistically, her paintings and photographs have been featured in group exhibitions in the DC metropolitan area and New York City. Currently, her work can be seen in the Voices from the Diaspora, at the Prince George’s African American Museum. Her preferred mediums are printmaking, oil on canvas and photography. Ms. Saldaña is an avid traveler who in her spare time advocates for equal access to arts and education for all through her volunteer work in a number of local boards and committees.